Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Hope for the Heart Part 09 - It's Your Choice

My friend spoke excitedly. She lives a busy life with young kids to raise, bills to pay, work and so on. You know what it’s like. The day just never seems long enough.

But she was excited. She had found a key to bringing freshness to her soul even in the middle of her busyness. That key was to be active in making small decisions during her day… decisions that would draw her closer to the God she loves.

We don’t intend for it to happen but somehow passiveness creeps into busy Christian’s lives. We do ministry, we pray on the run, we read when we get a minute, we encourage where we can, we slip our tithe in the offering. Still somehow we slip into a passive relationship with Jesus. Our hearts feel weary yet we long for more.

Another friend called. She told me she had been asking God for so long to work in her life and in her home. Finally she determined to grab hold of God in a fresh way. She chose to “drag” herself out of bed a half hour early and get into His presence daily. At first it was just routine, even dry. She nearly didn’t bother. Yet as she asked God to speak to her, the Scripture began to be alive again. She was excited and she was being refreshed!

Do you long for freshness in your soul? Can you remember when the last time was that you spent more than 20 minutes in the presence of God? Has your prayer time become a hurried list of things God needs to do for you, or have you taken time to ask Him what is on His heart lately?

God makes a promise:

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)

What do you need to do today, this week, to actively choose your relationship with Jesus over the many important and busy tasks that call for your attention? He longs to bring that freshness to your soul too! It’s worth pursuing! He will be true to His promise.

prayer & reflection

Father God,
Today I make a choice to become active in pursuing You in a fresh way. Please help me to actively choose time in Your presence, to choose to expose myself to music that inspires, to choose to turn off the TV. I invite You into every decision I make today. I choose to listen for Your voice. Teach me by the power of Your Holy Spirit and refresh my soul.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.